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'Top Gun' Is the Movie You Need to Watch on the 4th of July

You probably have the menu and festive 4th of July activities ready for your family, but there might be something missing from your 4th of July lineup: A good 4th of July movie!

Whether it's an unusually rainy July day or you just want to escape the sun for a bit, turn on one of these 4th of July movies for action, drama, and (in some cases) humor (there's something on our list for everyone). We've rounded up a solid mix of 4th of July-themed movies, nostalgic summer movies, and more that'll help you celebrate the holiday to the fullest.

Whether you're looking forward to a light and breezy romantic comedy or an adrenaline-pumping thriller, the movies on this list are very different — but what they all have in common are their patriotic, all-American themes. If you're like us, you're going to want the perfect movie to watch with family and friends. Here are our favorite 4th of July movies to watch on the holiday weekend, from the 1975 cult classic Jaws to 2017's Oscar nominee Hidden Figures.